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Overview of B-1 Visa Permissible Activities

Permissible Activities on a Temporary Business Visitor Visa (B-1 Visa)

1. General Provisions

An applicant for B-1 status should be engaged in business activities other than the performance of skilled or unskilled labor. A B-1 visa is not to be used for the purpose of obtaining or engaging in employment while in the U.S.(i)  An individual may enter the United States to:

a.  Engage in commercial transactions that do not involve gainful employment in the United States;

b.  Negotiate contracts;

c.  Consult with business associates;

d.  Litigate;

e.  Participate in scientific, educational, professional or business conventions, conferences, or seminars; or

f.   Undertake independent research. (ii)

i 9 FAM § 41.31, Note 4.
ii 9 FAM § 41.31, Note 5 and Matter of Hira, 11 I&N Dec. 824 (BIA 1965, 1966; A.G. 1966)

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